War horse by Michael Morpurgo

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It is 1914, and Joey, a farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of World War I on the Western Front.  When Joey is dragged away, his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he is forced to leave behind.

In the army the beautiful red-bay horse is trained to charge the enemy, drag heavy artillery, and carry wounded soldiers not much older than Albert off the battlefields.  Amongst the clamoring of guns and while plodding through the cold mud, Joey wonders if the war will ever end.  And if it does, will he ever find Albert again?

Runner up for the Whitbread award.





The one and only ivan by Katherine Applegate

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A story of courage, friendship and an unlikely animal hero …..


I am Ivan.  I am a Gorilla.  I’ve learned not to get my hopes up.

Ivan has lived in a cage in a shopping mall for most of his life.  He rarely misses the jungle.  In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it.  Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant, who opens his eyes and shows him that there might be another way to live ….

Inspired by the true story of an unforgettable gorilla.